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Three years ago, we set out on a mission: to inspire your digital photos to be more than mere megapixels.
So we started a website, and sent out a newsletter. And then we sent out more newsletters. Then the Photojojo Shop was born (while we kept sending newsletters).
And now … WE HAVE A BOOK! You know — paper, ink, a table of contents. The whole shebang.
Complete with 192 full-color pages of our most popular photo projects (all souped up) plus tons of new ones, and some great ideas from the most talented folks we know.
It’s been a year in the works, and we can. not. wait. for you to see it.
p.s. To celebrate our launch we’re giving away tonso stuff from the Photojojo Shop; Bottle Cap Tripods, Level Camera Cubes, Magnetic Photo Rope and ten copies of our book. All week long!
Just RT @photojojo … we’ll be picking winners until Friday.
AND we started a Photojojo Book Group on Flickr for everyone to share their first cuddly book moments.
Look! Below the jump! A sneak peek for you, darling reader: one of the projects from our super fantastic master work of literature (plus 3 more crafty tidbits). Enjoy.
CD Jewel Case Frames
Looks like youâ€™ve got yourself two separate problems. But to the trained observer, the sage of interior design, and the knower of all things photographic (um, thatâ€™s us), there is a single, efficient, even elegant solution. Consider this a friendly intervention.
This oh-so-clever project uses CD jewel cases to make rearrangeable, refillable photo frames for those empty walls of yours. Hang them singly, or tile them together to make a photo mural. Letâ€™s get to work and kill two dilemmas with one project.
What You’ll Need
To Make One Frame: Step 1
Take out the paper insert from underneath and remove the perforated edges.
Trace an outline around the insert onto the cardboard, then cut it out.
Youâ€™ll use these cardboard inserts to back your photographs and prevent them from buckling.
Step 2: Crop Your Photo
Step 3: Frame It
.Attach the cardboard cut out to the back of the cropped photograph using double-sided tape.
Then plop the photo into the back of the jewel case, facing out. Close the jewel case.
Step 4: Stick It Up
Affix a piece of the hooked side of the Velcro tape to the back of your finished case, and a piece of the looped side of the Velcro tape to the spot on the wall where youâ€™ll hang your frame.
Alternatively, place removable adhesive on all 4 corners of the back of the case and stick it on the wall.
To Make a Mural: Step 1
Resize it in Photoshop (or your image editor du jour) to at least 26 1/2″ by 18 1/4″.
Step 2: Make A Selection
Step 3: Create A New Document
Step 4: Make Another Selection
Make sure the â€œsnap to guidesâ€ setting is enabled (located in the View menu in most programs).
Move the selection marquee to the right (if using Photoshop, hold down the Shift key while moving the marquee). The left edge should now align with the vertical guide you just added.
Copy and paste the selection into the small document.
Step 5: Do It Again
Keep repeating Step 4 until you have copied and pasted all areas of the large photograph and you have 20 layers in the small document.
Whenever you move down a row in the large document, remember to add a horizontal guide underneath the latest selection.
Step 6: Print Each Layer
Now you can follow Steps 1â€“4 of the single frame instructions to create your individual frames.
Step 7: Put ‘em Up!
Ta-dah! Super stylish, yet super eco. Good-bye empty walls and lame old CD cases!
Inside Peek: Photo Tattoos!
Pick up some inkjet-printable temporary tattoo paper, print your favorite photo on it and ink yerself up.
Skulls! Starfish! Abe Vigoda! Any tat you want, tough guy.
Inside Peek: Hidden Jacket Cam!
When you see wrong-doers in action, whip out your camera and catch them in the act! Woooo! Top-secret superspy photo heroics!
Inside Peek: Photo Lampshades!
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